A great source of inspiration for new projects is to look to the past. There are fantastic textile and needlework collections held in museums around the world. Many of the big museums and an increasing number of the small ones, are making their collections available online. The quality of the online collections vary greatly, but even the smallest image can be an inspiration.
This pouch is based on an example in the Victoria and Albert Museum. It is from the 14th Century, from the Westphalia region of Germany and is made using silk thread on evenweave linen in brick stitch.
When searching online databases, finding something depend on the search term you use. There are two ways to do it, by broad category:
- fancy work
- opus anglicanum
So here are some links to various online catalogues and databases associated with museums around the world:
- Victoria and Albert Museum
- Museum of Fine Art, Boston
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art
- Cleveland Museum of Art
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
My main blog is The Needles Excellency, and a couple of websites In Prayse of the Needle, where I have project diaries, handouts with patterns etc and Historical Needlework Resources, which has lots of links to information about historical embroidery and examples of surviving historical embroidery. My Flickr site. My current project is based on a 14th Century German klosterstitch wallhanging which will probably take me about 400 hours to complete.